Rasa Ria joins coastal clean-up day

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Participants of the beach clean up

KOTA KINABALU: Joining thousands of others on the world’s largest single-day volunteer event for oceans, Shangri-La’s Rasa Ria Resort  and Spa in partnership with Reef Check Malaysia took part in a beach clean-up at Pantai Dalit in conjunction with the International Coastal Clean-Up Day.

Two participants thumbs up on a clean beach

A statement issued by the establishment said, over 100 Rasa Ria volunteers, including Tuaran Municipal Council, Kampung Terayong, Tuaran Fisherman Association and guests of the resort showed their undivided support for marine debris reduction and ocean conservation.

International Coastal Clean-up Day is the world’s biggest annual volunteer effort to protect the oceans.

Every year, millions of people around the world gather to collect trash along beaches and record information on types of trash, which gives insight into ways to tackle the ever growing problem of marine debris.

A total of 240 kg of coastal trash was picked up. The debris were in different materials and the most common items collected were plastic bottles (120 pieces).

The volunteers also collected 550 pieces of plastic wastes including disposable plastic plates, take away containers and small fragmented pieces.

“We are happy to have worked with the local authorities and communities, as well as with our guests and staff, in this great community effort. Beach clean up is part of the resort’s culture with daily clean up by the staff and we see more and more guests joining the gotong-royong. Today is more than just another clean up, it’s part of our commitment together with our stakeholders in helping to raise awareness on the dangers of debris to our beautiful beach and encourage people to do their part to
passionately protect our unique environment and marine life by reducing their reliance on single-use plastics. ” Fiona Hagan the resort General Manager said.

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts remains committed to operating in an economically, socially and environmentally responsible manner whilst balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders.

In striving to be a leader in corporate citizenship and sustainable development, a corporate-level CSR Committee drives the company’s initiatives in the strategic areas of stakeholder relations, environment, health and safety, supply chain and employees.

These focus areas are unified under the umbrella brand of “Sustainability”, together with Shangri-La’s core CSR projects “Embrace” and “Sanctuary”. Hotel- level Embrace programmes focus on Shangri-La’s Care for People Project, which aims to promote the highest level of education and health support in underprivileged communities.

Sanctuary programmes concentrate on Shangri-La’s Care for Nature Project, which promotes the conservation and restoration of biodiversity.-pr/BNN